Manila caves

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    I read this morning that Manila has decided to negotiate with those holding a Phillipino captive and also banned any of its citizens from traveling to Iraq.

    I guess that sometimes terrorism is effective, eh?
     
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    Those two countries in particular now have a serious problem. The perception is that those nations are susceptible to coersion via terrorist activity. I would not be surprised to see more activity directed toward those two countries. The Phillipines is particulalry vulnerable because they ae already trying to deal with some very nasty internal insurgency.
     
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    I agree--a sign of internal weakness----the terrorists will exploit it.
     
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    There is some evidence that this will be the case. FARC (a group in Columbia) has been supporting their activities against the government there by a kidnap/ransom scheme for almost 40 years now. What amazes me is that people actually pay ransom, even though FARC usually either kills the victim or holds them for even more money.
     
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    I don't think we here in America can judge Manila's actions, simply because we don't have a constantly attacking terrorist network in our country. I expect that if we did, some amongst us would change their tune.
     
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    Because they have active cells in their country you would expect them to be more adament about not caving and fighting the good fight.

    I expect that if we had more attacks in our country; some of the bleeding left would wake back up like after 9/11 and get with the program AGAIN.
     
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    What do you call socialism vs American morality?
     
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    I didn't realize that the two were diametrically opposed?
     
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    They would be in a foundational sense, but I am sure that is a topic for another thread.
     
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    Then, I guess Spain (on top of pulling out of Iraq) ought to just hand over the northeast part of their country to a minority Basque party and the ETA... Nothing like turning tail and running! What they need to realize is that terrorists will never be satisfied. Sure, Manila can pull out of the effort to appease terrorists and protect their people, but do you think that will stop their troubles?

    -Douglas
     

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